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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,629 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4629
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%


Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 330ml bottle.

A - A deep mahogany hue with a fair amount of light coming through and seemingly great clarity. Beautiful color! Just a dusting of head.

S - Brown sugar with some dark fruits and nuts.

T - Brown sugar and raisins. Smooth with no rough edges. Just a hint of sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Slick with a low carbonation that let the flavors shine.

O - A solid, well executed beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:14:24 | More by GJ40
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BierJager89

California

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a white head.

S: Nose is malty, like most doppelbocks, but also has the delightful scent of maple syrup.

T: More maple syrup and malt! There's also a touch of fruit in there, but the maple syrup is the dominant flavor.

M: Medium-ful bodied and smooth.

O: While I wouldn't say it's as good as Salvator, I would say that it's way better than most other bottom fermented beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:37:42 | More by BierJager89
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a brown/crimson color with a little vision of bubbles when held up to a light.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, raisin, plums, bananas, bready malts, and earthy hops.

Taste: Very tasty brew. All above aromas plus a little roastiness and mild tingly hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, tingly, malty, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had this in a while for no reason. I forgot how good and delicious it tasted. I'll be buying or more often now.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:43:01 | More by Flounder57
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The oft-proclaimed king or queen of dopplebocks. Certainly this brewery is one of the best at executing traditional German styles and I delved into this with high expectations. Enjoyed on tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, served in an authentic Celebrator glass. Aroma is full of dark, sweet malt and buttery notes: Dried dark fruits, butterscotch, molasses, espresso, and (unexpected) some celery seed spice. Where am I getting that from? Its there, I swear, probably a yeast phenolic element or due to spicy hops. Tastes like chocolate-covered coffee beans, fresh pipe or cigar tobacco, dates and raisins, prunes ... Smooth, creamy mouthfeel yields a chocolate milkshake effect. Rich and sweet but earthy in the finish, with a moderately thick body that coats the mouth. I found that the bitter, earthy, roasted flavors were more salient for the first half or so, at which point more of the sweet buttery flavors reared their heads. The alcohol is warming but not aggressive. Believe the hype, its one of the best doppelbocks I've sampled and strikes a near-perfect balance between roasted, earthy bitter, and sweet domains.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 03:32:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark chocolate coffee color, 1/4 inch head, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet and dark fruits, specifically plum, with a presence of roasted malt.

T: Roasted nutty flavor on the front end, very smooth, no pop, with a sweet coffee, toffee, caramel flavor on the back end.

M: Extremely smooth medium body, slightly creamy feel balanced by light carbonation (too flat for my taste), and a slight alcohol warming sensation that lingers.

O: Inviting color, perfect scent and flavor, lighter than it looks. Lives up to its reputation as one of the best doppelbocks in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:24:25 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Nutty brown, slight translucence. Medium lacing with a little head. Great looking Dopplebock.

S- Nuttines, malt.

T- A lot going on here. The nuttiness is present. A great aftertaste of toffee and dark fruits.

M- Medium build. Really enjoyable. Nice amount of carb.

O- Best Dopplebock that I have had. A++

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:31:23 | More by gueuzedreg
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SneakyPotato

Utah

3.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pleasing to look at, and the head was beautiful while it lasted, which wasn't long. It did retain a small froth on the top, all the way to the end. I was very pleased with this. As the head subsided, there were small white "floaties", which I haven't seen in other beers. My glass was clean.

S- I was not really expecting how sweet and light this beer smells when it's compared to it's looks. I couldn't quite put my finger on it until I read somebody else's review, but it definitely smells like raisins and malt, with a slight alcohol smell on the nose.

T- Initial taste is sweet malt and raisin, followed by a dry yet smooth middle, finished by a slight alcohol taste on the tongue. After my pint was half finished, the initial flavors seemed to have subsided and all that was really present was the bitterness, but not the roasted malt kind.

M- This beer definitely coats your mouth, but I personally don't really like the flavor that it leaves. Its reminiscent of drinking cold medicine and having that taste in your mouth afterwards. It's not a heavy beer at all, despite what some people say.

O- I gave this beer a fair review, and I can definitely say there's a lot of good about it. I just recognize that it really isn't my cup of tea (or beer). It was definitely worth a try though, and I would recommend it heartily to people that don't enjoy lighter beers and dislike the charred coffee taste of stouts and lagers. It's sweeter and not as harsh as some of the stouts that I enjoy, but I wasn't much of a fan of the alcohol on the nose and palate. I feel like it needed more body and more complex flavors to compliment the alcohol finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:29:13 | More by SneakyPotato
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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a quickly dissipating head. Nearly no signs of carbonation.
S: Molasses, Coffee, caramel make this a great experience for the nose.
T: The first flavor that hit my tongue was the sweetness. This is most likely the reason why this beer is so popular. It's unique in that you don't expect that taste when drinking such a dark beer.
M: Warm, smooth coating all around. Very enjoyable!
O: I don't have a long history with bock beers, but it this is any indication of the experience, I might have found a new favorite type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:52:24 | More by BSK_ONE
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice head. Almost pitch black. Nice lacing. Vibrant smell of sweet raisin and malts. Great sweetness with raisin and chocolate malt flavor. Faint alcohol finish. This is true liquid food! Taste gets thinner after each gulp. Twirling the beer in the glass the beer resembles jelly. Very thick looking but does not taste thick. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:04:29 | More by Richardbeerlover
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a dark cola color with a half-inch tan head that settles to a film with a ring around the glass. Good retention; nice, even lacing.

S:
Roasted malts, oats, coffee, and toffee. Very nice, very simple, very sweet.

T:
Nutty and nicely browned. Oats, burnt malt (on the cusp of being bitter), and some nuts.

M:
Dry and coating with a touch of stickiness. Good carbonation and a tingly, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

O:
Really good doppelbock.
This might not be the best doppelbock I have had but it is certainly one of them. The beer is much more subtle than Korbinian is on the whole, and is right on the mellow side of the spectrum of dark bocks (as I see it).
This is a mellow but filling beer, and is worth trying.
Would have again; worth trying if you have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:09:31 | More by TheDoctor
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color and only when held up to light can you tell that light will make it through. A thin wisp of dark beige head covers most of the top of the brew. Very active carbonation within. Aroma is very rich dark malt (think dark brown bread). Mouth is thick,creamy,and a bit sticky. Flavor is heavily weighted with dark malt that lingers well into the fade.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:45:18 | More by Franziskaner
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Andynator

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a nice colorful albeit kind of homemade looking label with the classic billy goats and a small goat trinket hanging around the neck. Nice touch. Poured fridge cold into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Deep and dark, occasionally hinting flashes of crimson with a nice tan colored head and sticky, long lasting lace.

Smell: Complex sweetness and roasted malts make you want to keep sniffing away in anticipation of what is to come.

Taste: Oh boy. This is the doppelbock against which all others are measured. Sweet malt, raisins, the most subtle hint of alcohol spice, maybe a touch of toffee and dark chocolate. Absolutely delicious and the aftertaste lingers as a reminder. Additionally, it seems to get better as you sip it and as it warms revealing more complexities of malted goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with beautiful carbonation not too bubbly, expected it to be heavier than it is. Creamy without being syrupy. Feel free to swish it around.

An epic representation of the style and awful nifty that it's available year round. Not overly alcoholic at 6.7% which is good because you will want another. Hop bitterness is barely noticeable and serves well to keep the sweetness in balance. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 20:39:42 | More by Andynator
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator glass

Ruby brown, like the color of coca cola but without the carbonation. Dense two finger taupe cap settles into a gentle lid with nice glass lacings. It is dense, dark and barely let's light pass through.

Sweet malt aroma. Deep rich raisins. Bit of licorice. Smells really, really great.

Smooth. Gentle carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Malt sweetness, raisin, molasses, hint of licorice. Hint of alcohol. Delicious. Clean aftertaste of malt.

Medium, medium heavy mouthfeel. Chewy, rich and worth savoring.

There are hopheads in the universe. I am a malt head. Celebrator is one of my all time favorite beers. The taste is sooo good. Back up the truck, stock up the fridge. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat. Frequently repeat because it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:14:04 | More by WunderLlama
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 11.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a deep, barely translucent garnet with just over one finger pale head. The head fades to a thin layer that laces well.

Aroma is almost dominated initially by an unfortunate bitter metallic note. Behind that I get some caramel, raisin, faint cocoa and biscuit. The metallic smell slinks further into the background as it warms but doesn't disappear.

Luckily the flavor has only a hint of the metallic strangeness from the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy, nutty, hints of cherry, caramel, toffee, slight coffee and a mild floral bitterness. Crazy how complex and layered with flavor this is. Malty and delicious.

Creamy medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Malty aftertaste with cocoa, nuts, toffee and raisins.

Outstanding. Not sure what took me so long to try this. I've had several dopplebocks but none have had the balance and complex array of flavor found in this gold standard. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:02:04 | More by ThickNStout
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Appears much redder when held up to the light. There is a 1.5 finger off white head which lasts for some time and good lacing.

The smell is nutty, roasted and sweet malts. Some vanilla and smokiness as well as a biscuit smell. There is a touch of caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose; thick with nuts, roasted and sweet malts. Caramel vanilla and biscuty

The feel is thick, bready and chewy. There are some light resinous hop oil in the backend and some of the oil sits on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very good Doppelbock. Thick dark and well balanced with plenty of rich malts which make it taste like a meal in a bottle. This is a very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:27:26 | More by microbrewlover
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anarchia

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma Very bready/biscuity! Sweet caramel, hay, vanilla, bourbon, some smoke. Huge white head with lots of lacing--reminds me of a root beer float. Very dark brown, some ruby when held it up to a light. Very creamy, very sweet but not overly so. Crazy complex flavors. Those biscuits are prominent, some spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) notes, vanilla, bourbon, cherries, caramel, toffee, smoke, honey, banana, clove, roastiness. I could go on, and on, picking random flavors I recognize out of this. But this beer is more than the sum of its parts. Sweet finish, this is not a beer you'd want to drink a ton of, it's more of a dessert/special occasion beverage. There is no such thing as the perfect beer--but hey, this is close enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:40:22 | More by anarchia
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tmm313

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark reddish brown with a nice 2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

S- Dark fruits, raisin, dates, and light chocolate.

T- Fruit cake in a glass. Raisins, cherries, vanilla, fig, dates, dark chocolate, light nutmeg-like spiciness, and a touch of booze.

M- Lighter side of medium body. Creamy and slick on the tongue. Drying.

O- This was a very well balanced beer. Flavors everywhere, and none too dominant. I can see why this gets such high marks.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:45:37 | More by tmm313
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying - Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown and settled ruby black (ruby in the light, black out of the light) as night with an inch-sized rambunctious head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing. The look of this thing makes me want to get into some more traditional German beers!

Smell - Rich malty goodness, some molasses sweetness and dark fruitiness (raisin/dates/figs) throughout. Textbook and then some.

Taste - Malty and fruity like raisin/dates/figs and super smooth, alarmingly so even. Touch of hops that most IPA drinkers might barely notice, but it complements well in this style.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low-medium carbonation, as often these traditional lagers should be. Zero booziness which is incredible for 6.7%. Rests fruity and gentle hop linger. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is definitely the standard by which all doppelbocks are judged. This is a phenomenal brew and is an excellent display of brewing craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 22:50:44 | More by JMScowcroft
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark dark brown color with a 2 finger tan head.
Aroma is massive dark fruit, malty, cherry, and fig.
Taste is extremely complex with raisins, cherry, coffee, and just enough malt to balance it out. Also some bready flavors and maybe even a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is very nice, coats every part and lingers slightly.
I'm very pleased with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 20:20:42 | More by zookerman182
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kaplunk02

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: This pours an oily dark reddish-brown with about 1 finger of creamy off-white head which dissipates relatively quickly.

S: It smells of bready malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: Toffee tastes upfront followed by dark chocolate and a fruity sweetness. Nice and malty with not much evidence of the 6.7% ABV.

M: Mildly carbonated, oily and goes down super smooth.

O: All told this is a fantastic brew and one of the most balanced and tasty of its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:12:18 | More by kaplunk02
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a Dobbelbock this is a spectacular example of one (easily an A), but as a beer it's just something that feels like less than a porter while still carrying attributes of one. I'll rate this as a beer rather than just a Dobbelbock.

Reviewed November 16, 2013 at 0245. Poured a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: 1/2 fingered tan head followed by a dark reddish brown body. Head quickly dissipates.

S: Light pleasant bready malts. Thin molasses smothers the light chocolate of the drink.

T: Toffee followed by a lingering dark chocolate. Tad hit of alcohol on the end.

M: Lightly heavy carbonation with a medium body that is smooth.

O: This a a solid dark version of a Dobbelbock. This is a drink that is made for the everyman. This is the drink that one would get the Shiner Bock drinker to explore more into the craft/micro beer world.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 09:26:41 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut brown with a medium off white head. Some spotty lace after each drink.

S - Malts, raisins, fruit, bread dough, figs, faint alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, nutty, fruity, baked bread. Velvety smooth mouth feel.

O - This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. It gets better with each sip as it comes to room temp. This is a must try if you haven't done it and I will definitely come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:07:03 | More by andrewjraab
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jb510

Hawaii

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I typically favor stouts and bocks and for many years this has been my favorite beer. It's been getting much easier to find the last couple years.

It serves well out of the bottle or out of a glass. Having a light cream head with very little carbonation that gives it a silky mouth feel.

It is richly flavored and a bit sweet or sugary. The with hints of molasses.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 08:30:26 | More by jb510
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Lynn (and a shout out to CurtfromHershey for the recommendation):

Into a pilsener:

A: black/brown colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing

S: roasty rich maltiness, light chocolate, and a little bit of molasses, some toffee is noted as it warms a bit

T: mainly sweet - malty sweet that is, malty aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, kinda sessionable, carbonation is felt - kinda sharp (but honestly I don't do as many doppelbocks so I'm unsure how close to the style as it should be)

O: dessert in a bottle, I picked the right time of the day to have this and the right time of the year to make the moment perfect, I'm glad I tried it and I would have this again

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:43:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Das_Reh

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A = a wonderfully rich, almost black brown color, with a beautiful tan head. I'm looking forward to this.

S = Rich and malty, roasty, hints of chocolate and toffe, mollasses, a touch of alcohol.

T = Yowza... not what I was expecting. I knew it was going to be rich and malt forward, but DAMN. Roasty and rich, very sweet (almost cloyingly sweet), chocolate and molasses, and something I can only describe as "beer funk". There is some hop bitterness but malt takes a front seat here. There is a slight booziness to it as well.

M = rich and chewy, very heavy

O = My first example of the Doppelbock style, and I can honestly say I don't think I was ready for it. I'll give it another try in the future, perhaps try another example of the style, but for me, this was far too sweet and heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 07:42:49 | More by Das_Reh
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,629 ratings.